Winter clothing is always jeans for me. I often can’t be bothered with fussy tights and dresses when the wind is howling and it’s raining yet again. So, desperate for warmer tops, I dug out some merino fabric.
Being warm, breathable and lightweight, it’s the perfect fabric for layering.
I picked up this raspberry merino from The Fabric Store and the top was in solid rotation as soon as it was finished (actually, even before that. I wore it unhemmed for a couple of days!).
With this top, I wanted a loose fit, but specifically with raglan sleeves. So using a Kwik Sew pattern (#3120), I made a size small top, graduating it out to a medium in the waist to give it a sloppy, relaxed fit. I also added length to the sleeves ’cause I love to pull them down and keep my knuckles warm on a cold morning.
Because I wore the top constantly, I needed another to get me through laundry day. So, making the most of a recent sale, I promptly scooped up more merino in various colours.
Version two is a pink Megan Nielsen Briar with scoop hems. It’s very similar to the red one above, but the neckline is lower and the sleeves are standard rather than raglan.
I should have gone down a size though, because this merino jersey is super stretchy. Lesson learned.
I love pairing the tops with a Robson coat and ankle boots. It’s been my apparent uniform for the last week!
In the hopes of stopping the super stretchy knit from warping over time, I opted to reinforce the neck and shoulder seams with ribbon. Fingers crossed!
And I finally learned how to use my twin needle! I love the professional finish.
Since making swimwear last year, I’m falling in love with using knits again and merino has only encouraged that. It’s very forgiving and easier to sew than it might appear. I’m hooked.
I believe merino can be tough to source if you’re outside of NZ? The Fabric Store have outlets in NZ, Australia and the US and happily take phone orders (I do it a lot!), if that helps.